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Pittsburgh Song Collaborative

The Pittsburgh Song Collaborative (PSC) is an ever-expanding consortium of outstanding professional singers and pianists who are dedicated to developing a passionate and abiding audience for classical art song in the Pittsburgh area and beyond. By partnering with artists in other media, we create innovative and engaging concert events that explore every corner of the incredibly diverse art song repertoire.

PSC's mission is to develop a passionate and abiding audience for classical art song in the Pittsburgh region and beyond by presenting a wide variety of interactive, interdisciplinary recitals at the highest artistic level that make the audience's experience of the repertoire as engaging and accessible as possible.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Looking to the East:
Orientalism in Song

gerome muezzin

Saturday, September 20, 2014
7:30 PM | $10 Suggested Donation

Dr. Thomas D. Pappert Center for
Performance and Innovation
Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University 

Mary Pappert School of Music Faculty:

Sari Gruber, soprano

Benjamin Binder, piano

Guest Artist:

Joe Dan Harper, tenor


In our increasingly globalized world, it seems like East and West have never been more interested in each other. Just think about how the rise of China and the political turmoil in the Arab world have inspired us in the West to learn more about those Eastern cultures. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, fascination with the East was just as strong, but without the guidance of television or the internet, much was left up to the imagination. European song composers and poets filled that void with sumptuous melodic evocations of those faraway lands and peoples. In their songs, the East became an exotic and colorful realm where one could taste of forbidden pleasures, even as danger lurked around every corner. Our concert will transport you once again to the East of myth and dream:

• Enjoy Franz Schubert's exquisite settings of poems inspired by the ancient Persian poets Rumi and Hafis
• Delight in the wry and picturesque Chinese Poems by the world-traveling composer Albert Roussel, a contemporary of the musical Impressionists
• Luxuriate in the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski's sensual and scandalous Songs of an Infatuated Muezzin
• Be whisked away to a world of romance and intrigue on the sands of the Sahara in a group of French songs by the likes of Georges Bizet, Gabriel Fauré, and Camille Saint-Saëns

Meet the performers in a reception following the concert. We hope to see you there!


The Mary Pappert School of Music is located at 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. For directions, parking information and a map of the campus, click here.


Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Folk Song Fantasy

Saturday, February 7, 2015
7:30 PM | $10 Suggested Donation

PNC Recital Hall  |  Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University 

Performers and repertoire to be determined